As you may know, Microsoft is planning to buy Activision. According to FTC documents, Microsoft considered spending Sony out of business, in order to benefit the Xbox. In hindsight, Microsoft probably should have followed through on this plan. The Xbox is floundering and I contend that Microsoft will focus on GamePass, and no longer manufacture a console.
“We (Microsoft) are in a very unique position to be able to go spend Sony out of business,” said Booty in a December 2019 email, referencing spending $2 billion or $3 billion in 2020 to avoid competitors getting ahead in content at a later date.Quote from Matt Booty, theverge.com
I find it rather amusing that Microsoft came out so strong against the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3, and now it seems the company is content to simply exist beside Sony and Nintendo. With GamePass being platform-agnostic, I really do not think that Microsoft will continue in the console market, despite what is said these days by the company. I may be a generation off, but they will stop before the other companies.